Football Coaching Staff
E.J. Junior
Defensive Line Coach

The former college football great and NFL star in his second year on the Delaware State staff. In addition to serving as the Hornets’ defensive line coach, he has been assigned as  Director of Player Development.

In June 2016,  was among nearly 200 former players and coaches on the ballot for the 2017 College Football Hall-of-Fame class. The National Football Foundation announced the ballot for the class that will be announced in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 6, 2017.

Junior joins such greats as Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier as first-time candidates for election to the College Football Hall-of-Fame. 

Under Junior’s tutelage, Delaware State defensive end Gabe Sherrod earned HBCU All-America and All-MEAC First Team recognition in 2015.

Sherrod was tops in the MEAC and second among all NCAA FCS players in tackles-for-loss at 2.3 per game during the 2015 season. He had 25 total tackles behind the line-of-scrimmage for minus-116 yards this year. In addition, Sherrod was third in the MEAC and 18th in the nation in sacks at 0.73 per game (eight total) this past season.

Junior first came into national prominence as a star defensive end/linebacker under legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama. A two-time All-American and former SEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year, he helped lead the Crimson Tide to two national championships.

In 1980, Junior was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, which is presented to the nation’s top college lineman or linebacker.

He was selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1981 National Football League Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Junior played for the Cardinals until 1988; and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

His NFL career also included time with the Miami Dolphins (1989-91); Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992); and Seattle Seahawks (1992-93).

Junior’s NFL career stats include 36.5 sacks and 12 interceptions.

He became an ordained minister after retiring from the NFL while also entering the coaching ranks. He started out as linebackers coach with the Seattle Seahawks and had stints with the Dolphins, Vikings, Jaguars and Rhein Fire of NFL Europe.

Junior’s post-NFL days also included a stint as executive director of youth programs in Miami under the NBA star Alonzo Mourning.

On the college setting, he coached the linebackers at the 2005 and 2006 East-West Shrine Game.

From 2006 to 2009, Junior was the linebackers coach at Southwest Baptist University [2] He was promoted to defensive coordinator in February 2009, but left a month later to become head coach at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

In May 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Tennessee and Senior Bowl halls-of-fame.



Position: Defensive Line Coach
Alma Mater: Alabama
Graduating Year: 1981
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 302-857-7454
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